Three days of rich interventions where the new minister of agriculture shared his rich experiences with the peasant world.
Pedagogy on the PND
At the beginning of the works, Koutera BATAKA, the Minister of agriculture detailed the three axes of the PND, with a point of honor on the axis2 which touches the agricultural sector. "The PND is designed to take better advantage of our country's natural assets," he declared.
For him, it is the availability of a deep-sea port recently recognized as the best container handling port in the West African sub-region that wants to capitalize on Axis 1 of the plan, the assets available to the agricultural sector to develop through manufacturing and extractive industries in axis 2 and then, through the third axe, redistribute the benefits of growth through the consolidation of social development and the strengthening of social inclusion mechanisms and financial.
Specifically, on axis 2 concerning the development of agricultural processing poles, he underlines that their effectiveness and their impact can be summed up in this condition: "to review our ways of thinking and acting".
This will have to involve the resignation of old practices or tools like the use of hoes and daba. "We cannot continue farming with the hoe and the daba," he said.
Also, it's time for the untapped landowners to get them out of the fallow. It must be added that in order to achieve the results expected from axis 2 of the PND, the board and the research must be restructured to meet the concrete needs of the needy and to end the dilapidation.
As for the ways of thinking, the various interventions of the minister emerged on several occasions, the need for the actors of his department, to no longer rely on the subsidy, the power over the price and land discrimination.
"The grant never worked," he told those still waiting for the welfare state. "You do not have the power over the price either," added him. Since the agricultural producer is an entrepreneur, he cannot rely on subsidies to make his agricultural activity a lasting and sustainable profession.
So, what are the guarantees of the PND?
For the boss of the ministry in charge of the agriculture, the guarantees of the PND in his department pass by the optimization of the valorization of the land, the restructuring of the board and the research and the professionalization of the agricultural sector.
In more detail, land is one of the first guarantees in setting up agricultural processing centers.
It is necessary to ensure the sustainability of the supply of raw material to agricultural processing units whose establishment in an area creates wealth (payment of local taxes for the survival of local authorities) and local employment. In short, we must go beyond the 45% of arable land currently exploited.
Research and advice are intended to guide the actors in their decision-making, the development of their activities and the projection over time. It is therefore necessary to centralize research in order to have unique and concrete results and to guide the board towards all the bearers.
As for the professionalization of the sector, instead of waiting for subsidies, it is better to negotiate for a solid and lasting relationship with financial institutions and impact on performance to change the trend.
Major projects announced
Several projects, some already started and others ongoing will have to guarantee the success of the PND in the agricultural sector.
The operationalization of MIFA through the restructuring of the value chains and the channeling of the financing, the digital census of all the actors for a collaboration at the contractual base, the relentlessness on the operationalization of Kara agropolis, the code land, the law of agricultural orientation, the restructuring of the board oriented business, the establishment of the SNRAA, and the incentives to facilitate the certification of the products are among others the main lines unveiled for the moment by the minister.
Also, the review of the format of the forum whose investment according to him is not a waste but rather an initiative to encourage small initiatives to make "small units of today the champions of tomorrow" is an action lighthouse of which, it is expected an effective transformation of the sector.
In addition to his interventions, the Minister BATAKA spent almost all his time with the participants. He visited all the tables where he made sure that the old habits that created the same results are no longer relevant and that what is happening there is concrete, business and figures needed for decision making.
He was willing to respond to the concerns of anyone without distinction and insisted that no one waits for the whistle before starting. "Anyone who leaves this forum, now knows what to do," he clarified.
On the sidelines of the forum, Mr. BATAKA carried out various other activities, including the inspection visit of the site of construction of a complex designed with air drying, an administrative block and an agricultural products storage store with a storage capacity of 3000 tons in the city of Kara.
The work was carried out 97% to the satisfaction of the minister who urged to finish quickly to make the store operational for producers in the region. The activities of the FNPT ended on Saturday with the hope of experiencing the effects at the next appointment in 2020.